Biden Subpoena Incoming as GOP Faces 'Overwhelming Pressure' to Probe Him

President Joe Biden could soon be facing a subpoena from Republicans in the House of Representatives as the new majority pushes ahead with investigations of the administration.

The GOP will control the House and its powerful congressional committees from January 3 and the party has already pledged to probe a series of issues, including Hunter Biden's business dealings.

The investigation of Biden's son appears the most likely probe that could lead Republicans to seek testimony from the president after the Committee on Oversight and Reform Republicans accused him of lying about his involvement in Hunter Biden's business affairs in a 31-page interim report last week.

"I want to be clear. This is an investigation of Joe Biden. That's where the committee will focus in this next Congress," said GOP Representative James Comer, who is expected to become chair the House Oversight and Reform Committee.

Political scientists told Newsweek that the new Republican majority will be facing pressure to investigate Biden, but they could risk being accused of overreaching if they push too far.

Overwhelming Pressure

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy is widely expected to become the next Speaker of the House and he'll be confronted with calls from his own party to act on investigations, according to Thomas Gift, founding director of University College London's Centre on U.S. Politics.

"Kevin McCarthy is certainly going to face overwhelming pressure from the Trumpian elements of his base to go all-in on investigations into Biden and his associates," Gift told Newsweek.

"Whether serving subpoenas is part of that effort remains unclear, but it would hardly be surprising," he said.

The newly empowered Republican majority may be poised to launch a series of probes on matters including the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, the U.S.-Mexico border and the nation's military leaders.

Gift said that for Republicans "the major risk is the perception of overreaching with these probes - being seen as pursuing a single-tracked partisan vendetta against the White House at the expense of focusing on kitchen-table issues like the economy and inflation."

Hitting the Jackpot

House Republicans have made serious accusations against Biden, saying in their report that he "has misused his public positions to further his family's financial interests."

"These actions have created the potential for President Biden to be susceptible to influence, blackmail, or extortion by a malign or foreign entity, including the Chinese Communist Party," the GOP report said.

Paul Quirk, a political scientist at the University of British Columbia in Canada, told Newsweek that probing Biden could be risky for the House GOP but has a potential political payoff.

"The new House Republican majority seems ready to bet the farm on making an investigation into Hunter Biden's business dealings the top item on their agenda," Quirk said.

"They hope to uncover criminal conduct on Hunter Biden's part and—if they hit the jackpot—to show that Joe Biden, while serving as vice president, aided, abetted, or profited from the crimes," he said.

A Longshot

President Biden has denied any involvement in his son's business dealings, while Ian Sams, a spokesman for the White House Counsel's office, described the probe as "politically-motivated attacks chock full of long-debunked conspiracy theories."

Quirk said that considering "how much journalistic and partisan investigation has already been invested in the matter, without consequential revelations, the Republicans' bet looks like, not a sure loser, but a longshot to pay off."

"Republican investigators are likely to subpoena President Biden's testimony, if only to give MAGA Republicans the satisfaction of seeing some payback for the many investigations of Trump and his associates," he added.

Joe Biden Looks at Reporters
U.S. President Joe Biden looks toward reporters as they shout questions during an event with business and labor leaders at the White House complex November 18, 2022 in Washington, DC. Biden will be the subject of House Republicans' investigations early next year. Win McNamee/Getty Images